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African American Military History Museum Hattiesburg Zoo Hattiesburg Saenger

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Contacts:                     Latoya Norman

                                    General Manager, Museums

                                    lnorman@hattiesburg.org

                                    601.450.1942

 

                                    Mercey Livingston

                                    Public Relations & Digital Strategies Coordinator

                                    mlivingston@hattiesburg.org

                                    601.296.7407

 

 

African American Military History Museum Celebrates Black History Month

 

January 12, 2016—In honor of Black History Month the African American Military History Museum will host a series of events during February to celebrate those who served in the American Armed Forces. The public is invited to visit the museum throughout February and join in celebrating Black History, culture, and the sacrifice of African American Soldiers throughout history.  

 

This year the African American Military History Museum will introduce its new traveling trunk which focuses on the history of the Historic East Sixth Street USO. The traveling trunk is the center of this year’s theme for Black History Month programming, “Journey Through the 1940’s: The East Sixth Street USO Traveling Trunk.” The traveling trunk will help tell the story of the events and activities that occurred at the Historic USO during the 1940’s. The traveling trunk will be on display throughout the month of February, just in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Service Organization.

 

Each year the Museum celebrates Black History Month with a series of events hosted at the Historic USO Club building which houses the African American Military History Museum.

 

The USO Club opened on March 22, 1942 and was constructed by community volunteers who invested more than 40,000 hours in the project. It is estimated that tens of thousands of soldiers visited the USO Club during WWII, not to mention the hundreds of civilians who volunteered at the facility and fraternized during the war. It is currently the only surviving USO built exclusively for African American soldiers and in 2003 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Black History Month Events will kick off on Jan. 28 at 1pm with a Kick-Off Party at the African American Military History Museum. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the United Service Organization volunteers from the 1940’s will be recognized and presented with a special token of appreciation for their service. The Kick-Off party is free and open to the public. Following the Kick-Off Party, on Feb. 4th the museum will introduce the new Traveling Trunk in an introductory presentation at 10am.

 

On Feb. 19 the Museum will host a Soul Music and Poetry Slam Contest called “Collections Inspired by a Soldier’s Sacrifice: Soul Music and Poetry Slam.” Participants in the contest must be at least 16 years old and are asked to submit a video or typed document of a poem or song lyrics they will perform the day of the event no later than Feb. 10. All entries must be inspired by the theme, “A Soldier’s Sacrifice,” and mention a historically renowned African American Soldier/military unit from an approved list (found at www.HattiesburgUSO.com).

 

The public is invited to attend a Beginner’s Photography Workshop on Feb. 20 at the museum. Participants will learn the basics of photography at the workshop which will begin at 10am. To register call 601.450.1942.

 

Other events throughout the month of February include Story Time with a Soldier on Feb. 5 and Feb. 17, a Music Appreciation Event on Feb. 11, a special Valentine to Veterans Jitterbug Dance Lesson on Feb. 13, a Letter Writing Lesson on Feb.18, a book signing on Feb. 6, and a 1940’s Game Day on Feb.25. For a full schedule of events visit www.HattiesburgUSO.com.

 

The African American Military History Museum is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing, operating and promoting tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visit www.HattiesburgUSO.com.

 

Black History Month 2016 sponsored by Community Bank

 Schedule At -a –Glance

 

January 28-Kick-Off to Black History Month

1pm at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 4th- USO Traveling Trunk: Introduction

10am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 5th-Story Time with a Soldier

10am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 6th-Camoflauge Sisters Book Signing

11am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 11th-USO Traveling Trunk: Music Appreciation

10am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 13th-Valentine for Veterans: Jitterbug Lessons

10am at the African American Military History Museum

Attendees must call to register-space is limited.

February 17th-Story Time with a Soldier

10am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 18th-USO Traveling Trunk: Letter Writing

10am at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 19th-Collections Inspired by a Soldier’s Sacrifice: Soul Music and Poetry Slam

7pm at the African American Military History Museum

 

February 20th-Beginner’s Photography Workshop

10am at the African American Military History Museum

Attendees must call to register-space is limited.

 

February 25th- USO Traveling Trunk:1940’s Game Day

10am at the African American Military History Museum